Mayo Performing Arts Center to Feature Bebe Neuwirth, Marie Osmond & More in 2011-12 Season
The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ has announced their upcoming season. Included in the listings are Broadway regular Bebe Neuwirth, IN THE HEIGHTS, 'The Best of Broadway: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber,' and more.
On August 24, Marie Osmond takes the stage. Since making her debut at the age of three, country and pop star, actress and Dancing with Stars finalist Marie Osmond has been entertaining crowds for over five decades with a wholesome sound that has endeared her as one of America's most beloved performers. Osmond recently appeared on Broadway in December 2010's DONNY & MARIE special.
IN THE HEIGHTS plays the center beginning October 22. The 2008 Tony winner for Best Musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
On January 12, 2012, 'The Best of Broadway: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber' will feature four performers singing the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Three of the scheduled performers starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber shows on Broadway as well as on national and world tours. Raymond Saar (Raoul in Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco and Marius in Les Miserables on Broadway), Diane Ketchie (Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera, Broadway and San Francisco) and Valerie Perri (Eva Peron in the First National Tour and Second World Tour of Evita) have combined credits from Broadway and Off-Broadway, have made guest artist appearances with major symphony orchestras, and have appeared in concert everywhere from Carnegie Hall to a command performance at the White House. The musical genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the extraordinary talent of these performers create a memorable and exciting evening of entertainment.
Winner of the 2001 Tony for "Best Special Theatrical Event," BLAST will open January 28th. Blast features 35 brass, percussion and visual performers in a unique explosion of music and theatre which evolved from the showmanship and pageantry of the drum corps, bands and color guards that perform on athletic fields across the nation.
Then, on February 16th, CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY comes to Mayo Center. Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, "Celebrity Autobiography" features a first rate comedic ensemble performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. The passages run the gamut from the "poetry" of Suzanne Somers to the shocking "romance tips" from Tommy Lee to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history---Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, and Eddie Fisher. And what's remarkable and unforgettably hilarious---It's all in their own words. The cast and biography will be announced at a later date.
She may have first caught people's attention in her Emmy-winning role on Cheers, but Bebe Neuwirth is now recognized as one of Broadway's leading ladies. Seen most recently in THE ADDAMS FAMILY - in which she concludes her run on June 26 - this two-time Tony Winner (Chicago, Sweet Charity) performs Broadway favorites and standards June 2, 2012.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.mayoarts.org/.